Sea Turtle Facts

Here are some interesting facts about Sea Turtles!

-Turtles age back from the Triassic age, 200 million years ago.

-Baby sea turtles circle their nest once after hatching before heading toward the ocean.

-The leatherback turtle is the largest sea turtle at 6 and a half feet long and weighing up to 1,500 lb.

-The soft shelled turtle uses it’s long tip nose and nostrils like a snorkel to breath under water.

-The green sea turtle can stay under water for over five hours without coming up for air.

-Once a male sea turtle hatches and enters the ocean, it will probably not step on land again.

-A female turtle laying eggs will dig several empty nests to throw off predators trying to eat the eggs.

-When in danger the green turtle can swim almost 20 miles an hour to escape.

-When in the eggs, turtles take about 2 months to incubate and their sex is determined by the temperature. Under 29 degrees they become male, over 29 degrees they become female.

-Only one out of one hundred sea turtles survive to adulthood.